Natalie Haerens Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 7, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - Freshman goalkeeper Natalie Haerens of the women's soccer team has been named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after a week in which she shut out SEC power Ole Miss. C-USA Player of the Week awards for soccer are based on performances from the previous Monday through Sunday.
Haerens continued her stellar collegiate debut by recording her second straight shutout in just her second career game. Helped along by the defense, she shut out Ole Miss last Tuesday 1-0, making eight saves in doing so. Ole Miss, the defending SEC West champions that made to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, unleashed 18 shots, eight of which were on goal, but were unsuccessful in beating Haerens. Her efforts helped the Tigers send the Rebels to their first loss in a home non-conference game since the 1999 season, a string of 22 games. The Tigers now already have two shutouts on the year in just three games after having only three all of last season.
The native of Lake Mary, Fla. then held Middle Tennessee State scoreless through 75 minutes on Sunday before yielding her first two goals of the year in a 2-1 loss. She made seven saves, including several acrobatic ones to keep it scoreless until the second half. On the first MTSU goal, she saved an initial shot but was unable to get a hold of the quick rebound, which led to the goal.
On the year, Haerens has made 20 saves in three games, including 15 in this past week's games, and has a 0.67 goals against average.